Why Mercury Pollution from ASGM?

Why we consider it as a serious problem?

Over 100 million people worldwide indirectly get the effects of Mercury pollution generated by ASGM activities.

About SRIREP

Co-creation of Sustainable Regional Innovation for Reducing Risk of High-impact Environmental Pollution

Mercury (Hg) is a toxic metal that seriously threatens the embryonic and early-childhood development of humans, and is extremely toxic to the human body. Mercury pollution is one of the most serious environmental issues and requires global action for its resolution. Recent investigation by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted the enormity of Hg pollution in developing countries and the associated harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. One of the main causes of Hg pollution is ASGM, in which Hg is used as the traditional method of amalgamation to extract gold from the ore rock.

Under the supervision of Professor Masayuki Sakakibara, a group of scientists, researchers, and specialists from different disciplines in this SRIREP project have been conducting transdisciplinary approach research and practice of various studies in collaboration with different stakeholders to co-create the sustainable regional innovation for reducing the risk of high-impact environmental pollution and poverty problem as well as the wellbeing of the ASGM communities in Indonesia and Myanmar.

 

Who We Are

A group of scientists, researchers, and specialists from different disciplines have been conducting transdisciplinary approach research and practice of various studies in collaboration with different stakeholders to co-create the sustainable regional innovation for reducing the risk of high-impact environmental pollution and poverty problem as well as the wellbeing of the ASGM communities in Indonesia and Myanmar.

Where Do We Study

We are conducting the project’s case studies on the reduction of Hg pollution using a future scenario of ASGM areas in the following areas in Indonesia for the past years and recently initiating the same studies in Myanmar in collaboration with various key stakeholders. 

What Research Outputs We Have

The outcomes of various research studies related to environmental impact assessments, socioeconomic, cultures, history, and regional sociology, etc resulted as publications, presentations, lectures, etc. in International and local journals, seminars, conference for the past years.

TDCOPs

The goal of the SRIREP Project, RIHN is to identify a way to resolve the problem of mercury pollution from ASGM in the study region. 

Currently, the project has cultivated and organized the following Transdisciplinary Communities of Practice (TDCOPs) in collaboration with each individual to multi-layered stakeholders of different disciplines including public and private organizations conducting transdisciplinary approach research and practice for the reduction of mercury pollution associate poverty problem in the study areas.

TDCOP 1: KTK (Kampung Tangguh Kesehatan) Healthy and Resilient Village

The purpose of this research group is to solve the problems of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) villages in the East Suwawa sub-district due to their mining activities, from multiple aspects such as the health, environmental, socio-economic, social, and cultural.

TDCOP 2: Karawo Research Group

The purpose of this Karawo Research Group is to understand deeply this traditional embroidery Karawo including its historical backgrounds, socioeconomic, health assessment, technical and design challenges in order to make the sustainable development of “Karawo” traditional manufacturing industry.

TDCOP 3: Natural Fiber Research Group

In this natural fiber research group, we are currently collaborating with local people of Bone Bolango Regency who have indigenous knowledge (such as the knowledge of creating a traditional net with the fibers of the sugar palm stalks around them), officers of the local government (Bone Bolango Regency), the researchers of SRIREP and State University of Gorontalo, and the private sector such as ESPECMIC Co., Lt. in order to develop a sustainable new industry which will also help to reduce the poverty problem.

TDCOP 4: Geo cafe Gorontalo

In our project, we are conducting geopark study in Gorontalo because the establishment of the Gorontalo Geopark could be one of the sustainable solutions for eco-tourism which can create job opportunities for their sustainable daily lives. Therefore, we are making connections between various stakeholders and scientists to discuss the things such as their surrounded great nature and original culture as an opportunity called geocafe.

Activities for the Future TDCOP

Due to the alarming condition of natural disasters and environmental pollution of Limboto Lake, the researchers of SRIREP Project led by the project leader, Professor Masayuki Sakakibara together with the researchers of the State University of Gorontalo are collaborating with Gorontalo Provincial Government to do more cooperate research in order to make the future potentials of surrounding inhabitants.

For any inquiries call us: (+81) 075-707-2357 (Japanese) & 075-707-2344 (English)